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By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

A revised number of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of worldwide conflict II. All information in their wrestle are prepared in tabular shape. integrated are a variety of pictures from hitherto deepest collections.

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These also received a few Hurricanes in the early days of the war here, which commenced on 10 June 1940, such that in August, 274 Squadron could be formed with these aircraft. 30 Squadron also converted its Blenheim I bombers to the fighter configuration. A unit also arrived from Australia, 3 RAAF Squadron being intended for army co-operation duties. However its role rapidly changed to that of a fighter unit, and it too received Gladiators. Initial action over the Egyptian-Libyan frontier area was brisk, if restricted, but in September an Italian invasion began.

Substantially reinforced with Hurricane squadrons from the UK, arriving both from carriers via Malta, and across Africa from Takoradi on the Gold Coast, and by American-built Curtiss Tomahawk (P-40B and C) fighters, delivered by sea mainly to West Africa, the air force in Egypt was greatly strengthened. After two brief and unsuccessful attempts by the army to launch offensives during the summer, a very substantial attack was commenced in November 1941. Known as Operation ‘Crusader’, this was the biggest offensive of the war so far by British forces, and was successful in retaking much of Cyrenaica from the Axis, also allowing a long siege of the port of Tobruk to be raised.

Many of their names hardly became known, but each entry in this book indicates months and in certain cases years of gruelling tense flying and air combat in all theatres of the war. It made me feel glad and indeed proud that I had served with some of them, and to see their names recorded in these pages. I have no hesitation in stating that this book is a very fine reference and a must for all those who served in, or were connected with the Royal Air Force. Robert Stanford-Tuck RAF Retd, Eastry, Kent 7th December 1965 Foreword to the New Edition My old friend and comrade-in-arms Bob Stanford-Tuck, wrote the Foreword to the original Aces High (1966) and I am more than happy to follow in the footsteps of that great fighter pilot and fighter leader who, as distinguished fighter pilot and author Laddie would say, has flown to the Celestial Bar.

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